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Comments 9

Michael Maupin 24 August 2016 - 11:13

Hi Tim and David,
Part 3 requires the study of three literary works; is there any 'rule' against studying an additional fourth work as part of Part 3?

David McIntyre 24 August 2016 - 23:54

Hi Michael,

You may include a 4th text, but I would recommend against it. The IBDP is demanding. Asking kids to do 'more' is, to my mind, unfair. Also, I think that students will not be advantaged in their exam by reading an extra book. But, the student inspired to become a lifelong reader will, I would think, be advantaged in exams and in life.

I hope this helps.


Nancy Elberg 19 September 2016 - 15:24

Hi there,
I'm teaching Persepolis, Black Boy and The House on Mango Street for part 3.
I'd like to change the last one, and as it is the free choice book, it could be anything.
I thought about Things Fall Apart, or even The Joy Luck Club, but I was hoping you could recommend other books that are popular with students.

Tim Pruzinsky 21 September 2016 - 07:24

Hi Nancy,

Perhaps you pick up a play. Students often like "Streetcar" and "Master Harold..."

If you want to stick with novels, "1984" is a popular choice as is "The Great Gatsby." It's a bit hard to recommend as I don't know what you did for Part 3 and I like to make my syllabus as rounded as possible. Of course, these all come from the PLA, and if you want complete free choice, perhaps "The Kite Runner."


KHUSHNUMA GANDHI 19 January 2017 - 14:57

I wish to teach Persepolis. I need guidance if we need to do both parts or we can do one only:
Requesting guidance on urgent basis

David McIntyre 20 January 2017 - 00:17

Hi Khushnuma,

The books were published independently of one another. There is no requirement to do both parts (although my advice is that, if possible, you should cover both parts).

Best regards,


Deborah Walker 20 April 2017 - 14:55

Hi David,
Again, I am running out of time, but I have Hamlet and Metamorphosis for my part three. Is Metamorphosis in the PLT. I can't find it, but the IB Literature teacher said it is there. If it is not, please suggest something short and appropriate that I might do.

David McIntyre 22 April 2017 - 02:41

Hi Deborah,

Metamorphosis is not on the PLT (as far as I can see). Kafka is (in the short story section). I think, technically, Metamorphosis is best regarded as a novella, and thus, you would really require to study a second text by Kafka for this to qualify as a 'work'. Possibly, students could respond to a Paper 2 prompt through discussing (only) Metamorphosis and Hamlet. However, I think it is better I leave this decision to your professional judgment.

Best regards,


Tim Pruzinsky 22 April 2017 - 02:43

Hi Deborah,

Kakfa is listed for short stories, but I think I would consider "Metamorphosis" a novella. It's quite a fraught area and so I would advise this: If you want to teach Kakfa's "The Metamorphosis" ask IB Answers on the OCC. If they say okay, do so. I'm not comfortable saying that "The Metamorphosis" is a short story and not a novella or having that debate. IB Answers is the way to go on this one.

If you need short texts for your PLT choice "Death and the Maiden" can be read in under 2 hours. "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is quite short. I don't know your Part 4 works, but I am assuming that you can choose whatever genre you'd like here. Lastly, "A Doll's House" might work for you.


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